“Hey, hey, hey Boo Boo! It’s time to go steal a pic-a-nic basket!” I remember watching Yogi Bear growing up – happily spending my afternoon enjoying the adventures of Yogi and his tiny sidekick Boo Boo. Those were the good ‘ole days, when cartoons were made for kids and were meant to simply and easily entertain. Fortunately, a few days ago the opportunity came up for us to re-live those youthful childhood moments with the release of Yogi Bear on DVD.
About Yogi Bear
I was so excited to review Yogi Bear. I had seen the previews for the movie and thought it looked like a barrel ‘o’ fun. It did not disappoint. Yogi Bear was packed with moments that made me literally laugh out loud, one that almost made me tear, and moments where you completely lose yourself in Jellystone.
Yogi Bear uses live-action animation, and it is simply incredible. While still somewhat cartoony, they did a great job of making Yogi and Boo Boo just real enough. You see all of their fur moving like in real-life, yet their eyes are clearly more like a cartoon, which keeps them fun and youthful. The actors – especially Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris, did a great job interacting with the animated characters so that you are able to completely forget that only half the cast is real.
The story line was completely engaging and the movie kept our attention the entire time – and I mean the ENTIRE time. Even now, I want to go back and watch it again.
There were many scenes that had be cracking up. One of my favorite scenes was when Yogi was giving Ranger Smith advice on courting rituals. Yogi wisely says to “follow her around for two days making snorting noises, fight off every male that approaches, and then urinate on her to mark your territory.” HAHAHAHA! I guess that’s the advice you get from someone who is “smarter than the average bear.”
Here was another great scene where I thought Boo Boo really shined:
And speaking of Boo Boo, I have to say I was pretty surprised when I found out that Justin Timberlake was voicing Boo Boo. Really? That guy from N’ Sync? He actually did a pretty good job of emulating Boo Boo’s voice and capturing the Boo Boo spirit. Dan Aykroyd did an EXCELLENT job of voicing Yogi as well. The way he pronounced certain words was completely Yogi-esque.
Yogi Bear fully captures the spirit of the cartoon, embracing the personality and antics of Yogi, yet still keeping it clean for the whole family. Yogi Bear has just plain good humor that all ages can enjoy – whether you’re 8 or 88. (Sadly, that’s not something that can be said for all kids movies.)
Overall, Yogi Bear was a total success for me. It has great actors, great animation, a great storyline and some great jokes.
As of March 22, Yogi Bear is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download. I would DEFINITELY recommend this movie as an addition to your family-friendly movie collection. The Yogi Bear Blu-ray Combo Pack is currently on sale on Amazon for just $19.99 and the DVD is available for $14.99.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.